Student visa requirements
International students require a student visa in order to study in Australia. The process of applying for a student visa depends on which country you apply from and the type of study you're applying for.
About this Visa
Streamlined visa processing for this visa is designed for international students applying to study in Australia at a participating university.
Streamlined visa processing means these applicants are treated as though they are lower migration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1) regardless of their country of origin.
Who is this visa for?
This visa is for you if you want to do one of the following:
1. Apply for your first student visa
2. Apply for subsequent student visa
3. Apply to join a family member who is in Australia on a student visa.
Your main course of study is one of the following:
Masters by coursework.
If you intend to undertake another course of study ahead of your main course of study, such as an enabling course, you may also be eligible for streamlined visa processing.
If you are applying in Australia for this visa, you must either be the current holder of a qualifying visa or have held a certain visa no more than 28 days prior to lodging your application.
See: Qualifying Visas for Student Visas
What does the visa let me do?
With this visa:
1. You can study in Australia
2. Eligible dependent family members can accompany you to Australia
3. You can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks
4. Your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight provided you have commenced your course of study in Australia. If you are doing a postgraduate course, such as a Masters by coursework degree, your family members can work unlimited hours once you commence this course.
5. Your partner can study in Australia for up to three months.
Note: If your partner wants to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.
How this Visa Works?
Before you apply for this visa, you must have applied for and been accepted to study full-time at a participating university in Australia. You must provide evidence of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) at the time that you lodge your application
Length of stay
This visa allows you to stay in Australia for the duration of your course. It permits multiple entries to Australia. Dependent family members who come with you to Australia are usually able to stay the same length of time as you, but they cannot stay once you have left the country.
Your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy must cover the full period of your visa. Your student visa can be granted up to the maximum duration outlined in the table below.
Duration of course Duration of visa
Longer than 10 months and finishing at the end of the Australian academic year (November – December) Your visa will usually be granted to March 15 of the following year. Longer than 10 months (finishing January - October) Your visa will usually be granted for two months longer than the duration of your course.
10 months or less Your visa will usually be granted for one month longer than the duration of your course.
You need to ensure that your OSHC policy covers the entire length of your visa or your visa may only be granted until the expiry date of your OSHC.
Note: If your student visa expires before your graduation, you can apply for a Visitor visa. You will need a letter from your education provider which states the date of your graduation.
Working while studying
You and your dependent family members will have permission to work automatically included with your visa. Further information on the conditions that apply to working while studying is available.
You can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session and unlimited hours when your course is not in session. You cannot undertake work until you have started your course in Australia.
Notes: Work that is a formal registered part of your course is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight.
If you are doing voluntary or unpaid work it is included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight. A fortnight begins on any Monday and ends on the second following Sunday.
Dependent family can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight throughout the year. A week begins on any Monday and ends on the second following Sunday.
Exceptions: Family members of students enrolled in Masters by coursework (subclass 573) can work unlimited hours when the student starts their main course.
Note: Family members cannot undertake work until you have started your course in Australia.
Important: You must also comply with the state and territory laws of Australia. Under all state and territory laws, you cannot work during school hours if you are under the school leaving age, which in most states is 15 years.
When is your course in session?
The department considers your course to be 'in session':
For the duration of the advertised semesters (including periods when exams are being held) if you have completed your studies and your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is still in effect if you are undertaking another course, during a break from your main course and the points will be credited to your main course.
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